Travel Blogs from Rome
... I will re-iterate what I said yesterday, I really love the feel of Rome. And the more I saw, the more I liked it. I feel like I should have come here 20 years ago.
The Trevi Fountain was closed for a massive maintenance project. I think a coin got stuck in the pump. What we could see was pretty special though.
The Spanish Steps (Actually French, when you look at all the fler-de-lis & imperial Eagles all over it) has a ...
... wait in line by hiring the audio guide and started. Colosseum was taller than I had thought and not so big inside. Would have been fantastic to see it when all the stone and marble was in place, 55,000 people all cheering as two gladiators had a go at each other. They had excavated the basements and you then realised how far underground it went. Saw the Arch of Constantine from the Colosseum and then walked past it. Nice way to celebrate a victory over ...
... purses, watches, racks of clothes, and usual overwhelming array of nick-naks. Eventually the shopping path turns right into a vast maze where rows connect to one another through small inlets. That day, very few people were shopping aside from us so getting through it all was much easier than other outdoor markets. Our roommate Alice, happened to be one of the other people shopping though! It was fun to run in to her and take a ...
The train was late coming into Milan for our connecting train to Rome so we had a mad rush to get a new connection, this is not an easy task with 100 other Italians fighting for the same thing! Finally we got our new connection but we lost our first class because it was full by the time we got our new ticket.... Very disappointed! We've been very spoilt with having first class travel on the trains with all it space and freedom to move around. We ended up having to ...
... before heading out to the Spanish Steps to find the Fraternites Monastiques de Jerusalem for mass. It was a beautiful service with wonderful chanting. I think I just found my new “parish church” when in Rome. The 11am service is in French and the brothers and sisters have a peaceful, serenc chant that is both beautiful and mesmerizing and creates a wonderful meditative space. There are a couple of iTunes CDs that some of their group have recorded and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Forte Rome
Great place to stay
I found this place by chance in the Lonely Planet and I couldn't have picked a better place if I know what I was booking ! Excellent place to stay. Very good value and extremely good location. All the staff were very helpful in booking trips for us. Would definitely come back here
Good location & value!
Great location just steps away from the Spanish Steps! On a quiet, lovely street. Very friendly and helpful staff. Rooms were good size with very nice bathrooms...shower and jacuzzi in some! Breakfast was very good. Front desk very helpful in making recommendations for dinner. They called ahead for us at some nice local places where we were treated very well when we said we were from the Hotel Forte. Would stay there again!
Great Hotel - Great location
Good hotel - The only reason i can think this is a 3* is because it does not have a pool or a permanent Bar. So what - if you want a nice clean hotel and about 10 minutes from the Spanish Steps this is ideal. I would definately reccomend this hotel and the staff are very friendly. The only wierd thing i found is that we could not control the in room A/c, because i guess it was centrally set. The room had a room safe and a small portable tv.. which we could not find a remote control.. But hey who cares! Sightseeing in Rome is superb. Make sure you go to Giolloties the top ice cream shop nearby.
Visit the nearby official "Ferrari" shop, and eat loads of Pizza.
Stay at Hotel Forte
Returning to Hotel Forte in May 2004 found the same charmingly beautiful location on via Margutta as remembered from the previous summer. The staff of this hotel goes out of it's way to provide the most comfortable accommodations for their guests. The hotel, situated on a historic quiet street between Popolo and the Spanish Steps, is a treasure. A short walk to the metro, in an area filled with history, shops, and restaurants, you will marvel at every detail of life in Centro Storico. I look forward to visiting Rome again, and when I do my hotel of choice will be Hotel Forte.